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Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight title on October 28

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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

Unified Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua will be defending his titles in Cardiff, Wales on October 28.

“’ll be defending my IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight championship of the world against the fighter named Kubrat Pulev. He’s game, he’s ready and it’s a long time coming,” said Joshua in a post on Twitter.

Bulgaria’s Pulev is Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the IBF title, and the two champions will slug it out in the 75,000-seater Principality Stadium.

Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev

“Anthony is a formidable opponent. I have short time to prepare, but I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring…. he will have no chance to beat me,” said Pulev.

On paper, Anthony Joshua has the upper hand over Pulev; his reach is farther than Pulev’s, he’s younger (27 vs 36), and has achieved a 100% knockout victory over his opponents, and is yet to lose a fight.

Pulev’s record is 25-1, with 13 of his victories resulting from knockouts; his only defeat so far was in the hands of Wladimir Klitschko, whom Anthony Joshua beat this April to become the unified heavyweight champion.

The mandatory challenger was supposed to be Klitschko, who had the right to a rematch following his defeat in April, but his retirement following the match meant that Pulev was the No. 1 challenger for the IBF title.